Category Archives: News


Stafford Half 2017

The latest race in our Grand Prix season was the Stafford Half Marathon, on Sunday 19th March 2017.  As ever, this was a really popular race for our members, with lots of yellow vests on display.  We also had fantastic support from other members who weren’t running, as well as plenty of family and friends supporting.  The weather stayed cool and dry, although it was quite windy.  Of the 35 LRC runners, our first men home were Richard O’Sullivan, Andy Walsh and Steve Rivers, with first women back Lorraine Amos, Cass Jackson and Radhika McCathie. A big well done to all our members who competed.  

Results can be found at

For more pictures, see our facebook page.


17425089_1418668101518263_5073490825953558542_n 17424689_1418668158184924_2827952481444417554_n 17362774_1418669278184812_8539943685872413558_n 17361972_1418667744851632_1248855194762047170_n 17361689_1418667804851626_1705955858626168041_n 17361601_10211911521880569_7657690058902830119_n 17353325_1418667668184973_2934793452732158493_n 17352432_1418667688184971_4735086631335977681_n 17342747_1418667788184961_5391073611319606860_n 16708310_1418668171518256_8251019480076150311_n

Fradley 10K 2017

Sunday 12th March was our latest Grand Prix Event – the Fradley 10K.

As usual for this popular race, there were plenty of yellow vests taking part, with excellent support from our members who weren’t running and their families.  The weather was warm too, many of our members enjoyed getting rid of the long sleeves for one of the first times this year!  We had some fantastic performances, with the honour of our first finishers going to Richard o’Sullivan, Andy Walsh and John Hayman.  Particular congratulations go to Paul Keighley, who came first in his age category! 

Full results can be found at 

Well done to everyone who took part! For more photos see our Facebook page.

t!  17204414_10155132085222460_1331163209_n 17238315_10155132083927460_917900273_n 17238337_10155132087207460_1501027737_n 17238922_10155132091562460_361993061_n 17270149_10155132090097460_1000191764_n 17270163_10155132086217460_261927783_n 17270165_10155132086152460_1685191123_n 17270244_10155132095337460_857334526_n 17270292_10155132095117460_1357227268_n 17270324_10155132094367460_2092857427_n17204318_10155132094772460_1807829558_n17270334_10155132094877460_204586446_n17270424_10155132094452460_1304222295_n17270593_10155132083897460_1413632416_n17270661_10155132095717460_1170465412_n17270680_10155132089057460_684870739_n17270849_10155132085262460_920817206_n17270957_10155132092667460_800063666_n17274277_10155132091642460_811629998_n17274483_10155132093847460_1951048461_n17274689_10155132092592460_750619579_n17274843_10155132086917460_1116076900_n


5K Time Trial – the 2017 Grand Prix begins!

Wednesday 15th February was our first Grand Prix event of 2017 – our 5K time trial.  What a fantastic turnout we had, with over 60 runners out to get their first Grand Prix points in the bag.   Weather wise it stayed dry and cold and the wind stayed away, helping quite a few of our members get personal bests.  Well done all members who took part!

A special mention goes to runners taking part in the current Improvers course, who took part in this event alongside the main club – everyone put in a fantastic effort and we hope to see you all again next time as full members!

As always this event couldn’t go ahead without the help of our volunteer members who marshalled the course and provided a huge support.  Thank you very much.

2016 Shelton Striders

Sunday 2nd October was the annual Shelton Striders 10K up in Derby, the penultimate event in this years’ Grand Prix.  We had a good turn out as usual, with seventeen members taking part in the course, which is quite flat and can be a good race for a personal best.

Richard O’ Sullivan  took the lead from John Doyle at about 7km to complete the race in 35:45, finishing 9th overall and grabbing the maximum GP points.

Gayna E also recorded a personal best over the 10km distance.  Well done all our members who took part!

Results can be found here: http:///results.aspx?CId=16418&RId=288

2016 Lichfield 10K – a resounding success!

Sunday 11th September saw the 21st Lichfield 10K take place and yet again proved to be a fantastic event.

Following the previous days’ near torrential rain, the sun rose on the Sunday morning and stayed there all day.  Conditions were good, bright and sunny, if a little warm for some of the hills on offer.

We had an excellent turnout and some great times.

First male runner back over the line was Chris Jordan of Leicester Coritanian AC, in 32:53 minutes. Chris won the 10K two years ago, and took back his crown this year.  He commented that “the lead runners had started quickly which had pushed the pace of the run – which was well organised throughout with excellent marshalls.”

Sally Hogan of Bromsgrove and Redditch AC was first woman in 40:34 minutes and commented “the hills were good”. 

Quickest teams overall were the Badgers (Males) and Tamworth AC (Females).

A very big well done to all competitors of the 10K.  Another big thank you must go to all the marshalls and helpers of Lichfield Running Club, without whose support this event could not go ahead.  And many congratulations to Cass Jackson, who has successfully taken on the mantle of Race Director and put in so much effort to ensure we had a sterling first year! Many thanks to all involved.

2016 was the first year pacers were provided by the club.  These were a great addition to the event, with lots of positive comments from the competitors finding them really helpful and a great encouragement.  Well done to all our pacers!

If you’d like to see the full results,  go to

For race photos go to

The Lichfield Mercury agree it was a fantastic event:


Burton 10K 2016 – Sunday 21st August

Well done to all of our members who took part in the Burton 10K, part of our 2016 Grand Prix series.  The course is particularly undulating in the first half, followed by a downhill section, and the last 400m take place on the Athletics Track at Shobnall, finishing on the line.

We had some fantastic results! The full results haven’t been published yet, but John Doyle and Sarah Dauncey both came in 3rd man/woman respectively, and Jon Wolfe finished 8th overall.

Well done to all of our competitors!


LRC team take on Cotswold 24 hour race

Last weekend a team of our members took on the Cotswold 24 hour race, a race to see how many laps each team can complete in the allotted 24 hours. The race started at midday on Saturday 23rd July and the last runner had to have started their lap before midday on Saturday 24th July.

The lap is 9k around the beautiful Cirencester Park and is a mixture of on and off road. The route takes you through fields and woods as well as the Tarmac path that runs through the centre of the grounds to Cirencester itself. The course is slightly undulating with a steady climb at 6k.

cotswold 100m runTeams are entered in numbers up to 8 and can have male, female, or mixed teams.  Our team went as a mixed team of 8, and team members in running order were:

Ed Coppinger, Alan Pritchard, Phil Sutcliffe, Emma Fennon, Karen Riley, Sarah Dauncey, Cath Dell and Kevin Deere.

Emma Fennon reports,

“The first laps were in the heat and hardwork. Sarah put in the teams fastest lap of 38.36.  We always had a team member running so had around 6 hours between laps to shower, refuel, hydrate and rest.  We completed 29 laps.  We came 23rd out of 255 teams overall and 14 out of 69 in our category.

The atmosphere was great. It’s a great experience to be running the same time as elite runners, ultra marathon runners , and walkers. The night running is great fun and it’s amazing if you are lucky enough to get the sunrise lap.”

Full results can be found at

More information about the race can be found at

Well done to all our members who took part, what a great achievement!

Ute takes on Ultra Sierra Nevada!

One of our intrepid members, Ute Baird, regularly runs in ultra marathons.  (see our news item from last August when she took on the Swiss Irontrail 125K)  She recently took part in the Ultra Sierra Nevada race, coming 3rd in her age group and was the 7th woman home.  Well done Ute for another fantastic achievement!  Ute reports:

Last Saturday I took part in the Ultra Sierra Nevada 102km total ascend of  6050m and descends 4900. In the last 20km there are two vertical km. You pass the finish but first you have to get up 1000m in 4.4km on rough terrain incl mountain bike trails to the highest point of the race at 3100m and then back down over 7.4km.

It was very hot during the day in Granada (altitude 800m)  39 – 40 degrees. The race started at 12am midnight, it was a bit cooler but not that much. At altitude it was a bit better and some wind. I guzzled down 11 litres of electrolyte drinks in just under 20 hours and still was a bit dehydrated.

Overall it was a demanding technical race.  I came 7th in the women and 3rd age group.

First picture is at the beginning, a loop round Granada. Lots of steps. Great background the Alhambra Palace

Steps in Granada

The last climb being in a world of pain, my quats were hurting. But the I noted the camera man in this picture!

USN last climb 2

The smile at the finish is genuine!

USN finish 1

Leaving for Chamonix on 29 July to prepare for the Ultratrail Tour du Mont Blanc 170km D+10,000m. Much easier terrain.

Javed completes the Montane Spine race again – then turns round and does it all again!

On 9th January 2016, one of our (now quite famous!) members Javed Bhatti, was one of only 24 runners to complete the Montane Spine Race, which is a gruelling week-long 268-mile journey along the full length of the Pennine Way, which goes from Edale in the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm on the Scottish border.. However instead of relaxing and congratulating himself on completing this race again,  instead he turned around and ran it all again in reverse, a return journey that took him a further eight days.  It is believed this is the first time that anyone has done two Pennine Ways back to back in winter. In total he’s covered 536 miles in just over 15 days and so far raised over £4000 for Mountain Rescue.

Enduring cold and wet conditions, Javed was able to complete his adventure in under two weeks. Two weeks of intense and gruelling racing in mountainous terrain. A huge personal achievement, but also raising money for Mountain Rescue.

Many congratulations on a brilliant achievement Javed. For those of us at Lichfield Running Club who have had the pleasure of running with him, they will know him to be a fantastic guy whose enthusiasm for the sport appears boundless!


Below are links to news articles detailing this achievement and another to his Just Giving page.

5 mile Time Trial – Grand Prix Event

Wednesday 20th July saw the latest 5 mile summer time trial – and summer it was indeed. With temperatures around 27 degrees, this was one of the hottest time trials in a very long time.  A big well done to everyone who took part.

Congratulations also go to our Improvers, who ran a full 10K distance over and above this route.  A fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work that has been put in over the last 9 weeks.

As a result of all this activity we needed a lot of helpers and marshalls.  Many of our members, (and their partners and children!) turned up to provide support for the runners.  Thank you very much to all the volunteers.  Another successful grand prix event!

Draft results of the time trial are:

John Doyle 30.45
Richard 0′Sullivan 31.15
Timon Scheven 31.48
Jon Wolfe 32.02
John Hayman 32.17
Jon Corpe 32.20
Andy Walsh 32.32
Steve Rivers 32.40
Nick Parker 33.45
Dan Floyd 34.45
Ed Coppinger 35.58
Simon Griffiths 36.17
Martin Shortall 35.54
Matt Vale 37.12
Tim Nicholls 37.42
Pakidam Kolani 38.18
James Taylor 38.34
Lawrence Yeomans 38.40
Phil Sutcliffe 40.11
John Keegan 40.17
Neil Weyham 40.58
Lorraine Amos 41.32
Steve Williams 42.31
Ruth Kennedy-Green 43.32
Alan Pritchard 43.47
Ruth Needham 44.10
Karen Riley 47.36
Keith Kerwin  49.16   Guest
Lisa Parry 49.49
Helen King 50.03
Louise Hinsley 51.23
Anna Sanders 51.24
Rob Bagley 51.58
Hilary Carter 58.34
Bob Houghton 58.36